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The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini [Paperback]

Ruth Brandon , Brandon
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'A ripping account of shamanism, celebrity and magic' Sunday Times 'Brandon paints a fascinating picture of this complicated and charismatic character, and also of turn-of-the-century America' The Times 'Brandon has chosen a fascinating subject and written a book that rises to it superbly... A compelling account of a peculiar life' Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A reissue of Ruth Brandon's definitive biography of Houdini. When Harry Houdini died in 1926, he was one of the most famous men in the world. Having started out as a vaudeville magician, he soon began to specialise in the escapes for which his name remains a byword. In this classic biography, Ruth Brandon explains in detail the secrets of Houdini's most celebrated escapes, but more importantly she asks, 'What was Houdini really trying to escape from?' - and, searching for the answer, reveals a man far more extraordinary than any of his audience could have imagined. 'A ripping account of shamanism, celebrity and magic' Sunday Times 'Brandon paints a fascinating picture of this complicated and charismatic character, and also of turn-of-the-century America' The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ruth Brandon is a highly praised biographer and historian. Her other books include a history of the sewing machine, 'Sarah Bernhardt', 'The New Women and the Old Men' and 'Surreal Lives: The Surrealists 1917-1945'. She has also written crime fiction and two literary novels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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